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Frequently Asked Questions
The criteria is the same as for schools, the priority is allocated in the following way: -
1. Looked after and previously looked after children
2. Exceptional social/medical needs
3. Children who will have a sibling attending the same nursery at the time of admission
4. Any other children Where any of the criteria above is over - subscribed, then children are ranked in order according to the straight line distance they live from the nursery with priority given to those who live closest.
Please also see the Admissions Policy for Nursery.
We do not have a waiting list. After your child has had their first birthday, application forms can be completed and will be held on file until the January prior to them starting in the September. We publish a closing date each January and all applications received at this point will be considered for the September admission so that the process is fair for all.
Please also see Admissions Policy for Nursery.
Yes! We would recommend that you make an appointment to have a tour of the Centre. The Headteacher will show parents around and answer any questions you might have. Please call the office to make an appointment.
Please also see Nursery Admissions Policy.
As we are a school run nursery, we work on a term time/academic year basis. Therefore, we admit all children in September for the forthcoming year. This provides consistency for the child and enables them to bond within a peer group.
Unfortunately no. Due to the high number of applications we receive, it cannot be guaranteed.
Yes. We do not have a set catchment area, however, it maybe that a place can be offered due to admissions criteria 4 and the straight line distance rule.
Yes, we write to all parents by the end of the spring term to let them know if they have been successful or not . If you are unsuccessful, your child’s name will automatically be placed on the waiting list.
No, unfortunately not. The admissions criteria is applied for all children. If a child is known to the Speech and Language service, they might be eligible for a place in the Language Unit, however, these admissions are carried out by a local authority panel, not the Governing Body.
The admissions criteria that is set for us does not allow automatic transition between the two nurseries. Parents have to reapply for a place in the 3 - 5s once they are in the 2 - 3s.
Unfortunately not, the admissions criteria has to be followed at all times and does not allow for us to allocate places to families who attend our Children’s Centre.
No. Places are offered on the basis of the admissions criteria. Preferences for days attending are not considered at this stage.
No. As a school run nursery, the 15 hour entitlement of free nursery education is only offered across 5 mornings or 5 afternoon sessions. We do not offer this flexibly.
From September 2017, the Government are introducing new entitlement totalling 30 hours for working families (15 hours free entitlement plus 15 hours additional entitlement). This is not available to everyone. Parents need to be working a minimum of 16 hours per week, equivalent to the national living wage up to a maximum of £100,000 per year. In a couple both parents must be working/in a single parent household, the single parent must be working.
If you think you meet the working criteria, you will be required to access a code from the Department of Work and Pensions. We only have a limited number of places that we can offer for the additional entitlement; therefore, you may not be able to access this at our nursery even if you are entitled to do so.
Everyone will be offered their first 15 hours over 5 mornings or 5 afternoons. If you are offered one of our places for the additional entitlement, it will be made clear which session this applies to, either over the 5 mornings or 5 afternoons. This is because families may find they are no longer eligible for the additional hours during the year and therefore, will need to revert back to their 15 hour free entitlement session. We are only able to offer the additional entitlement at the same time as the free sessions, either from 8.45am- 11.45am or 12.30pm – 3.30pm. During 11.45am and 12.30pm parents can opt to take their child home for lunch, or purchase a lunchclub session.
Unfortunately, as with the free entitlement, children have to access all 15 hours of their additional sessions; we cannot offer this flexibly. Therefore parents can choose for their child to attend for 15 hours (free sessions) or a total of 30 hours (free plus additional sessions). If you want one or two additional sessions, we suggest you chose the ‘extended day’ option as these can be purchased flexibly.